Ken Akamatsu was born in the Kanagawa prefecture. He eventually became a successful illustrator for Comiket, using the pen name Awa Mizuno. While still in college, he won a contest held by the Weekly Shonen Magazine with his story 'A Kid's Game for One Summer'. His manga 'A.I. Love You' was a success, as was its follow-up, the serial 'Love Hina'. 'Love Hina', which contains autobiographical elements, was also published in America in 2002. After 'Love Hina', Akamatsu began working on a new manga series, 'Negima!: Magister Nega Magi'.